Backyard Birds

Japanese Robins (Erithacus akahige)

The Japanese Robin aka Komadori (Erithacus akahige, formerly Luscinia akahige) is a songbird.

Recent research suggests that the East Asian robins belong to a new genus uniting them with some East Asian Luscinias such as the Siberian Blue Robin (Seki, 2006).

The name “Japanese Robin” is also sometimes used for the Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea).

Distribution / Range:

Japanese Robins have a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 100,000-1,000,000 km2. They can be found in East Asia, Japan and on Ryukyu Island.


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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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